Report Ozil turned down offers of £1m per week for Arsenal

first_imgMesut Ozil reportedly rejected offers in the region of £1m per week in favour of staying at ArsenalThe German playmaker signed a new lucrative three-year contract with Arsenal in January.Ozil now earns £350,000 per week and is the highest-paid player in the club’s history.However, the Evening Standard claims that Ozil had received offers of over £50m per year from foreign clubs.Now Ozil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, has spoken on his client and stated that money wasn’t the biggest factor for Ozil in choosing to remain with Arsenal.The 30-year-old had been dangerously close to leaving in the summer as a free agent before he put pen to paper on a new deal.“We had some really big offers from Asia, there were some crazy offers,” Sogut told the Evening Standard.“But for Mesut, money was by no means the biggest factor.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.He added: “Money is definitely one important thing to consider, but people must remember that footballing ability is just one aspect of a contract negotiation.“The commercial impact of a footballer is crucial nowadays.“Mesut has the biggest social media following of any player in the Premier League and I just read that his shirt numbers (sales) were the largest at the club.“At the end of the day, this is all information that has to be taken into consideration.“So, the commercial side is very big with a player like Mesut, who has played in different countries and was the No10 of the national team, where he won the World Cup.“His market is worldwide. The club makes money out of these players as well, but it came down to what was in his heart.“We were free to sign with other clubs and, in the end, Mesut loves the club. I put everything to him and he just said, ‘This is my home, I want to be here’.”Ozil has managed four goals and one assist in 12 appearances for Arsenal this season.last_img read more

Lions Optometric Vision Clinic pizza fundraiser

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lions Optometric Vision Clinic pizza fundraiser KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 10, 2019 Updated: 6:01 AMcenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings(KUSI) – The Lions Optometric Vision Clinic has two fundraisers at BJ’s and Blaze Pizza this summer.According to the organization, volunteers from the Lions Club and the San Diego County Optometric Society have made this an ongoing successful project helping over 10,000 individuals.For more information on the fundraisers visit their website here. KUSI Newsroom June 10, 2019last_img read more

An Anchorage House Member Has Introduced A Gun Bill

first_imgThe bill would allow authorities to temporarily take guns from people deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. The bill has been pending for over a year but is just getting attention now following the shooting in Parkland, Florida, on February 14.  The bill was introduced in 2017, after an Anchorage man was charged in the shooting deaths of five people at a Florida airport. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Matt Claman says formal requests must be made for a bill to be heard and he doesn’t think one was made until after the shooting. Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) introduced the bill that will go before the House Judiciary Committee this afternoon at 1 p.m. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An Anchorage area representative has introduced a bill that would permit family members or law enforcement to remove guns from someone they believe could harm themselves or others. House Bill 75 reads: “An Act relating to gun violence protective orders; relating to the crime of violating a protective order; relating to a central registry for protective orders; relating to the powers of district judges and magistrates; requiring physicians, psychologists, psychological associates, social workers, marital and family therapists, and licensed professional counselors to report annually threats of gun violence.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-hb-75-noon.mp3VmJennifer-on-hb-75-noon.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

AdSEND Introduces Integrated Preflighting Solution in US

first_imgAdSEND, a division of Vio Worldwide, recently introduced its browser-based ad sending and receiving service that integrates preflighting.The solution, which has already been implemented at a number of newspapers in the UK, will help publishers by scanning advertisers’ PDF files for hundreds of problems that may prevent them from printing properly. This includes missing fonts, RGB, LAB color space, transparencies, spot color in CMYK files and image resolution. In order to achieve this integration, AdSEND has licensed premedia system DALiM TWiST’s technology, as well as working with Web-based delivery system Websend.While there are a wide variety of preflighting solutions on the market—Adobe’s Preflight tool and Enfocus PitStop are just a few—AdSEND’s model distinguishes itself by being part of a larger package. “While other preflight packages may check for some of the same errors and warnings, ours lets you do this while in the process of sending ads, meaning that it won’t disrupt workflow,” said AdSEND marketing manager Elaine Leahy. “Magazine publishers will be able to get the ad correct without having to chase down the advertiser while on deadline.”AdSEND gives senders the option to approve warnings before a file can be transmitted. The system provides suggestions on how to correct issues and lets them immediately fix problems with ink weight and spot to CMYK conversions (advertisers can also upload the corrected file). If the ad fails this validation process, errors are listed as an advanced file report displaying its location; then, an email alerting the advertisers is automatically generated. “We are looking to expand to the magazine market,” said Leahy. Currently, the company has 4,000 U.S. publishers receiving ads via AdSEND, including the Boston Globe, Washington Post, NY Times, USA Today and United Business Media Limited. While the preflight solution has just been introduced in the U.S., AdSEND already has 150 publishers expressing interest. President Al Edwards said that this preflighting solution follows a SaaS model for publishers who sign up to participate. It’s a pay-as-you-go structure, with no upfront costs. The publisher pays $1.00 per advertisement that AdSEND pre-flights.last_img read more

Mazda recalls 7854 CX9 SUVs for wiring weirdness

first_img 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Review • 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? More about 2019 Mazda CX-9 Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Car Industry SUVs 10 Photos 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star 81 Photos Tags Post a comment 74 Photos Mazda,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Share your voice More From Roadshow Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 18 Photos Car Industry Enlarge ImageLosing your turn signals can be bad. Losing your passenger-side airbag can be much worse. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow Modern vehicle wiring is complex. If even one thing goes wrong, a litany of problems could crop up, some of which might affect the vehicle’s overall safety. For Mazda, its latest recall focuses on connectors that might do weird things with the electrical system.Mazda announced this week that it will initiate a recall for 7,854 examples of the 2018 Mazda CX-9 crossover. The vehicles in question were built between Sept. 12, 2017 and Nov. 9, 2017.The problem comes from the wiring harness. A “weak retention force” in some wiring harness connector terminals might cause disruptions between different control modules in the car. Each presents its own problem, which complicates matters. In some cases, the turn signals may stop working, the engine might not restart or the passenger-side front airbag may not deploy in a crash. Each of these represents a unique safety hazard, but thankfully Mazda says it’s received no reports of accidents or injuries related to the defect.Mazda didn’t say how it plans to remedy the situation, whether it’s installing new harness connector terminals or replacing parts of the harness or something else. It also did not say when dealers and owners should expect to receive notifications. Nevertheless, once you receive a recall notification in the mail, it’s best to call your dealer to confirm everything and set up an appointment to have the issue remedied. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 68 Photos 26 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustlecenter_img 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Share your voice 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  49 Photos 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 3 52 Photos 71 Photos More From Roadshow 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 0 Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Tags 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 69 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Mazda CX-9 is the supermodel among three-row, midsize crossover SUVs Comments 12 Photos Recalls Mazda General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

ITCs YiPPee close to emerging as Rs 1000 crore brand following Maggi

first_imgCashing in on the opportunity that resulted out of a controversy over its rival Nestle’s Maggi, ITC’s instant noodles brand YiPPee! is close to emerging as a Rs 1,000-crore brand.It is well known that the country’s food regulator had imposed a ban on Maggi after tests of its samples showed higher levels of lead and presence of monosodium glutamate (MSG) in them. The ban was lifted by the Bombay High Court in October.”Sunfeast YiPPee! as a brand is now in its fifth year post the national rollout. We are proud to say Yippee Noodles is poised to enter the Rs 1,000-crore club in the ITC Foods stable,” ITC Ltd Divisional Chief Executive, Foods Division, V L Rajesh told PTI.The ban on Maggi had provided other noodle-makers, including ITC, the opportunity to boost their sales by highlighting quality and safety standards.”The controversy and confusion that prevailed adversely affected the whole industry. However, with our proactive inputs and innovative campaigns, we were the fastest to recover and then exceed our old sales levels,” Rajesh added.After the Maggi ban, ITC had come out with a timely advertising campaign centred on quality and safety, which resulted in higher YiPPee! sales. In September, YiPPee! had accounted for over 50% of instant noodles market in India, according to analysts. Before the ban on Maggi noodles, YiPPee! noodles occupied just 10-12% of the market share.Maggi had a market share of over 80% in instant noodles in the quarter ending March 2015, according to a Nomura report.”We were gaining market share month-on-month even before the controversy happened, and are continuing to grow even now,” said Rajesh.last_img read more

Is BJP preparing ahead of big day Gopal Shetty orders 2000 kg

first_imgThe shop owner said that the workers were excited to wear PM Modi’s masks.Twitter/ANIIt seems that the 17th Lok Sabha was a bit of a cakewalk for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as it is pretty confident of its victory even before the results of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 are declared. Two days ahead of the counting of votes for the general elections, sweet shop workers have started preparing sweets in Borivali, Mumbai. “We’ve received an order of 1500-2000 kg sweets from BJP’s Gopal Shetty,” the shop owner told a news agency.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Gopal Shetty from Mumbai’s North Lok Sabha seat is contesting against actor-turned-politician Congress’s Urmila Matondkar.The shop owner said that the workers were excited to wear PM Modi’s masks. According to News18-IPSOS exit poll, Gopal Shetty may emerge as the winner from the Lok Sabha seat. Back in 2014, the BJP won this seat when Gopal Shetty defeated the Congress candidate Sanjay Nirupam with a margin of 47.2 per cent votes. He was President of Mumbai Regional Congress Committee back then. However, the above incident has been reported from a single constituency in Mumbai. Gopal Shetty looks pretty confident of his victory. Isn’t it?This incident came two days after the results of the exit polls, following the mammoth seven-phase voting for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, which predicted seats between 302 and 365 for Prime Minister Narendra-Modi led NDA in the 542-member lower house of parliament. If the exit polls are to be believed, PM Modi will retain back to power with a bigger majority in the parliament, with financials leading the charge.An exit poll on News 18 forecast that the NDA will win 336 seats while it gave 82 seats for the UPA. The Republic CVoter exit poll has forecast 295 and 122 seats for the NDA and UPA, respectively. However, Neta-News X predicted that the NDA could fall short of the majority and win 242 seats. It gave the UPA 164 seats.The Mumbai North Lok Sabha Constituency voted on April 29. The general elections 2019 took place in seven phases across India in a time span of about a month and a half. A total of 542 seats went to the polls in which an estimated 900 million electors voted to exercise their voting rights. The final results will be declared on May 23.last_img read more

NGK box office collection Suriyas film enters second week with a bang

first_imgSuriya’s NGK is off to a good start at Chennai box office.PR HandoutSuriya’s NGK has completed its first week in Tamil Nadu on a decent note. The Kollywood film was released in over 450 screens last weekend (31 May) and had opened to mixed reviews from the critics and audience.By the end of its first week, NGK is estimated to have grossed around Rs 32-34 crore at the Tamil Nadu box office. In the weekdays, the movie had highest footfalls in theatres on Wednesday (6 June) due to Eid holiday.At the worldwide box office, NGK is estimated to have grossed over Rs 50 crore. With lots of expectations, the movie has entered its second week. However, Vijay Antony and Arjun Sarja’s Kolaigaran has got highly positive reviews which might have some impact on the collection of the Suriya-starrer.In order to be a profitable venture, NGK has to perform well at the box office for the next one week and the second weekend is crucial for its success.Meanwhile, Suriya has accepted the mixed verdict given to his latest film by the audience. On Twitter, he wrote, I humbly accept all the love,views and opinions about NGK with utmost humility and thank the masterminds 😉 who decoded and appreciated the different attempt, and the actors performances!! Thanks to the entire cast & crew for making this happen #NGK @selvaraghavan @prabhu_sr”. [sic]”NGK is a political thriller, written and directed by Selvaraghavan. Rakul Preet Singh and Sai Pallavi play the female lead in the movie.last_img read more

US Election How best to invest following Donald Trumps victory

first_img Following the surprising win of Republican candidate Donald Trump in the US presidential election, investors are today scratching their heads and trying to figure out what this means for the economy and for stock markets for the next four years.President-elect Trump has zero political experience, and thus his economic policies are more difficult to predict than with previous presidents-elect.Given the resounding majorities won by the Republican Party in both the US Senate and House of Representatives, the road is clear for the Republicans under Trump to pass new legislation for at least the next two years, when the US mid-term elections will be held.Greater government spending: Building and InfrastructurePresident Trump is likely to spend on infrastructure projects across America, including maintenance of road networks, improving airports and oil and gas pipelines. The most powerful economy in the world has surprisingly poor infrastructure, evident when you take a taxi out of Manhattan to New Yorks LaGuardia airport and experience the numerous potholes in the road.This infrastructure spending will benefit construction-related companies such as building company CRH (UK code: CRH), and equipment rental company Ashtead (code: AHT), both of which have huge exposure to the US.Greater government spending: Defence and SecurityDefence and security is a second area where President Trump is likely to spend more money, as this is a typical Republican policy priority.Homeland security is a very high priority if Trump is to deliver on many of his pledges to his voters. This higher defence and security spending should benefit suppliers to the US government such as BAe Systems (code: BA.).Good news for Health careThe US and European healthcare sectors have suffered in the lead-up to this election on the basis that the favourite, Hillary Clinton, was likely to enact heavy price regulation on pharmaceutical companies in the US, limiting their profit-making ability.Over the year to date, US healthcare companies like Pfizer and Merck underperformed the benchmark S and P 500 index by 10% in the run-up to this election.Since Trumps victory, healthcare stocks have bounced by more than the market, starting to claw back some of this lost ground, as Trump is seen as being much more business-friendly to this industry than Hillary Clinton would have been.In the UK, Shire plc (code SHP) is a key member of the FTSE 100 index that has huge exposure to the US pharmaceutical market, made even greater through its recent acquisition of US company Baxalta.Policy uncertainty is probably not good news for government bondsWith Donald Trump likely to increase government spending in order to make good on some of his populist promises to the US electorate, this extra spending is likely to result in more borrowing via bonds by the US government.The expectation of higher borrowing is already resulting in higher bond yields, and thus lower bond prices, not only for US Treasury bonds but also for UK gilts.So investors are likely to do better in the near-term focusing on healthcare, construction and defence/security stocks, and staying away from the gilt market until bond yields stabilise at higher levels. US Election: How best to invest following Donald Trumps victory Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Meet the Catholic sister nominated for an ESPY Award for her wicked

first_imgEmily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Greek Orthodox church in US gets 1st new leader in 20 years News Share This! Tagsbaseball Catholic Chicago Dominican Sisters of Springfield ESPN ESPY Awards ESPYS homepage featured Marian Catholic High School Mary Jo Sobieck religion and sports Sister Mary Jo sports White Sox,You may also like Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Illinois (RNS) — Sister Mary Jo Sobieck might be the only Catholic sister to have both her own bobblehead and Topps baseball card.Now she might just win an ESPY.“It’s kind of surreal,” Sobieck said. “Wanting to grow up to be an athlete and then to know I’m going to be there in the midst of the greatest of this generation — it’s going to be phenomenal.”Sobieck is nominated for an ESPY Award for “Best Viral Sports Moment.”Her moment came when she threw the ceremonial first pitch in her white habit and Marian Catholic High School jersey on Aug. 18 during Marian Catholic Night at the White Sox game against the Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.The sister, who teaches theology at the school, was asked to throw the pitch because she is energetic, always smiling and often wearing a St. Louis Cardinals jersey, said Daniel Kozlowski, the vice president for advancement at Marion Catholic, a suburban high school affiliated with the Dominican Sisters of Springfield.“She’s got that youth, and she’s athletic,” Kozlowski said.When Sobieck walked out to the pitcher’s mound last summer, she pointed to the sky. That was for her late mother, who loved baseball, she said.Then she bounced the ball off her bicep — a little something to get some momentum, she said — and threw a curveball to White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito.That was a risk, she admitted. But it was worth it.“We need more people to just be themselves,” she said.“So much of social media is trying to be someone different. No, just put yourself out there and be yourself and allow God to do with you what you were created to do.”The sister was an “instant celebrity” at the ballpark, said Kozlowski.The video of her pitch quickly went viral, leading to an appearance on “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” and other celebrity turns for the sister. But her favorite moment came when a mother asked Sobieck to pose for a picture with her daughter at the ballpark.The girl, it turned out, had the same name as Sobieck’s mother.One of Sobieck’s sisters had told her beforehand her mother would be her “angel in the outfield” the night she threw out the first pitch. And there she was, she said.Sister Mary Jo Sobieck at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois, where she teaches theology. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerSobieck, 50, grew up in central Minnesota as the youngest of 10 siblings. Her mother had played a huge role in shaping her faith, singlehandedly raising Sobieck and several siblings still at home when her father passed away.She remembers seeing her mother kneeling on the porch, rosary in hand.Sports also were a huge part of her childhood, and she played softball, volleyball and basketball in school.“When I was a kid, my dream was to be a professional athlete or to be in the Olympics. Sports fueled my everything. It was my fire,” she said. “I remember when I felt the calling to religious life, it was like, I didn’t think that I could be passionate about anything more than sports.”Sobieck was teaching at a Minnesota school also affiliated with the Dominican Sisters of Springfield and training for a half marathon when she decided to enter religious life at age 25.“I was getting up in the morning at 5 o’clock and running. It’s like the grass was greener, the sky was blue, every song on my Discman at the time was like a love song from God to me,” she said.She had what she called a profound experience of God’s love when she volunteered to help one of the sisters move from the Minnesota school down to the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield in central Illinois.During that visit to the motherhouse, she saw the sisters there working as a team and realized religious life was something she could do.With so many siblings, she understood teamwork, she said.And it’s one of the things she loves so much about sports.“It shapes character and it inspires greatness and it pulls out your potential to be something more,” she said. “All of that is religious life, too. Your religious life is a team, and we push one another to be strong in virtue and character, and we work together to do something good for the human family.”Twenty-five years later, Sobieck said, she is excited to see how God is using the gifts and interests she believes God gave her and hopes it will be an encouragement to others.“You don’t have to give up your gifts or the things you’re passionate about. God integrates all of our gifts at a time when God wants to do that,” she said.The sister faces some stiff competition at the ESPYS.Other nominees in the “Best Viral Sports Moment” category include UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s joyful floor routine that earned her a perfect 10, which Sobieck called “phenomenal.” They also include Texas A&M hurdler Infinite Tucker’s Superman dive across the finish line and 7-year-old runner Rudolph “Blaze” Ingram racing ahead of his peers.“I certainly don’t belong there,” Sobieck said, noting that unlike her fellow nominees, she doesn’t regularly participate in the sport for which she is nominated.“But God is putting me there for a reason.”ESPY winners will be announced July 10 at the ESPN awards show hosted by comedian Tracy Morgan at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The event gathers athletes and celebrities to recognize the year’s greatest achievements in sports.Fans can vote at ESPYS.com to choose the winners of the 2019 ESPYS before the broadcast begins on ABC. Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Democrats’ new faith outreach director launches ‘listening sessions’ Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Postscenter_img By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email DIY Faith • News News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Share This!last_img read more

BGE Celebrates Veterans Day Honors 350 Military Member Employees

first_imgBALTIMORE– Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is proud to join millions of Americans honoring our active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces this Veterans Day. As the nation honors the men and women who serve our country today, BGE offers special thanks to its more than 350 military members driving excellence in service and reliability as valued employees.All active, retired and reservist military members employed at BGE received special pins to commemorate their service, along with letters from executive leadership at BGE and the Exelon Corporation, its parent company.“Across all areas of our company, BGE is indebted to our active and retired servicemen and women,” said BGE CEO Calvin Butler Jr. “All of our team members are creative and passionate; however, leadership, collaboration and mission-focused work are particular areas of strength among those who have military experience. Their impact is clear through their performance here at BGE and most importantly, in our strength as a nation.”Many of BGE’s military and military-supporting civilian employees are members of Exelon Militaries Actively Connected (EMAC) employee resource group (ERG).   The ERG provides a support network for self-identifying employees with prior, active or reserve duty military service and civilian advocates.EMAC is among several groups invited by Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh to participate in a Veterans Day March to Baltimore’s War Memorial monument for a ceremony honoring veterans this morning beginning at 9:00 a.m.“It is very gratifying to be part of a company with a very clear commitment to supporting veteran employees,” says EMAC Baltimore President and BGE Procurement Specialist Dawn Adams-Alexander. “Knowing that my ideas, experiences and perspectives as a veteran are a welcomed part of our company’s culture makes my work that much more valuable, and advocacy for fellow veterans that much more rewarding.”The Military Times named Exelon Corporation among its top 50 ‘Best For Vets’ employers ranking in May, citing the company’s practices in recruiting military members, veteran-related policy and organizational culture for veteran support.last_img read more

Trump Considers Pardon for Ali Wants Athletes Advice

first_imgBy JILL COLVIN, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Reveling in his pardon powers, President Donald Trump said Friday he’s thinking “very seriously” about pardoning former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, whose conviction was already overturned by the Supreme Court in 1971.It’s one of “thousands” of cases the president’s team is reviewing, he told reporters as he left the White House en route to a world leaders’ summit in Canada. And Trump said he’s thinking about soliciting recommendations about other cases to consider from pro football players and other athletes who have protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem — a tactic Trump has fiercely denounced.In this Nov. 2009 file photo, President Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to boxer Muhammad Ali in the East Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Trump said that, “instead of talk,” he’s “going to ask all of those people to recommend to me — because that’s what they’re protesting — people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system.”“I’m going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated, friends of theirs or people that they know about and I’m going to take a look at those applications,” he said.Trump has been on a clemency kick of late, using his near-limitless power to pardon a growing list that includes a former White House aide, a conservative commentator and a former sheriff convicted of violating a judge’s orders who campaigned with Trump in 2016.Earlier this week, he commuted the life sentence of a woman whose cause was championed by reality television star Kim Kardashian West. Last month he granted a posthumous pardon to boxing’s first Black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson. Actor Sylvester Stallone alerted him to that case.Trump told reporters Friday his team is now “looking at literally thousands” of people who have come to their attention because they’ve been treated unfairly or their sentences are too long.“We have 3,000 names. We’re looking at them,” Trump said, calling the power to pardon “a beautiful thing.”Among them is Ali, who died in 2016.Born Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after converting to Islam in the 1960s. He refused to serve in the Vietnam War because of his religious beliefs, declaring himself a conscientious objector. He was stripped of his heavyweight crown in 1967, but his legal fight ended in 1971 when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor and overturned his conviction. He regained the boxing title in 1974.“I’m thinking about somebody that you all know very well. And he went through a lot. And he wasn’t very popular then,” Trump said. “He certainly, his memory is very popular now.”Ron Tweel, Ali’s lawyer, pointed out that Ali has no criminal record.“We appreciate President Trump’s sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary,” he said.The White House did not immediately respond to questions about why the president feels one is needed.Trump said last week also said he’s considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving 14 years in prison for corruption, and pardoning celebrity lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, who served about five months on charges connected to an insider trading case. O.J. Simpson, he said in response to a reporter’s question, is not on his list.The president has been operating outside the usual Justice Department clemency protocol, in which submitted cases are carefully considered based on their merits, and recommendations made. Instead, White House officials say, Trump has focused on individual cases that have caught his attention or been brought to him by friends or celebrities. He’s been especially drawn to cases in which he feels a person’s prosecution has been politically motivated — a situation that may remind him of his own predicament at the center of the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling.Trump insisted Friday that he was also interested in clemency for regular people and those without high-profile backers.He said that, “it’s easier and people find it fascinating” to see him pardon the famous, but that he “would get more thrill out of pardoning people that nobody knows.”Yet Trump’s suggestion that professional athletes help him identify cases only seemed to fuel concerns that those without star advocates will be ignored.“Well, you know, if you think about it, that’s really — that becomes celebrity advocates. But they know a lot of things that we’re not going to know. They’ve seen a lot of abuse and they’ve seen a lot of unfairness,” he said.The idea also sparked backlash from the American Civil Liberties Union.“President Trump has spent much of his first 18 months in office degrading NFL players who protest police brutality and racial injustice. Today, he has tried once again to change the narrative about the work of those and other activists, betraying a fundamental misunderstanding of the cause behind these protests — and using racist dog whistles to do it,” said Jeff Robinson, the group’s deputy legal director.The players have been protesting racial injustice and the high numbers of African Americans killed by police.__Follow Colvin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/colvinjlast_img read more

Nanodisk Codes

first_imgPhysical binary codes formed by nanodisks carved out of nanorods. Image courtesy Chad Mirkin. Researchers at Northwestern University have devised a way to use billionth-of-a-meter-sized disks to create codes that could be used to encrypt information, serve as biological labels, and even tag and track goods and personnel. Citation: Nanodisk Codes (2007, December 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-nanodisk-codes.html Explore further Applying the Goldilocks principle to DNA structure The nanodisks can form a physical pattern, similar in concept to a barcode, as well as a spectroscopic code, meaning it can exhibit a specific, unique response to electromagnetic radiation, or light, depending on the type of molecule (or molecules) attached to the disks—in other words, how the disks are “functionalized.”Nanostructures can be ideal for encoding. Their small size allows them to be hidden easily in a variety of materials and objects, and scientists’ ability to easily tailor their physical and chemical properties makes it possible to design nanostructures for specific coding functions.In a paper describing this work, published in a recent edition of Nano Letters, the researchers, led by Northeastern chemist Chad Mirkin, describe how the nanodisks can form physical binary codes. The group started with nanorods made of gold and nickel and, using a method they developed, carved disks out of each rod. The disks are created in twos, with up to five pairs created per rod.Each of the five disk-pair locations along the rod can correspond to a “0” or a “1,” depending on whether that location is occupied by a disk pair. For example, if only one disk pair is present, and it is situated at the third location, that code is read as 00100. If two disk pairs are present, at the fourth and fifth locations, the code is 00011.“This is a rapid, low cost way of making many unique nanostructures that can identified and read based upon high sensitivity spectroscopic techniques,” Mirkin said to PhysOrg.com. “It’s a beautiful example of how the ability to shape and control the size and surface composition of a nanostructure can translate into significant technological advantages.”The group has made nanodisk arrays as long as 12 micrometers (millionths of a meter), which can support as many as 10 disk pairs, yielding 287 physical nanodisk codes.The researchers increased the codes’ usefulness by functionalizing them with a class of dye molecules called chromophores. This makes the codes spectroscopically active, allowing each to emit a unique light spectrum when illuminated by an exterior light source, typically a laser beam.Due to the physical and spectroscopic codes they can exhibit, the nanodisks are particularly suited for biological tagging, a method of tracking and detecting individual biological materials, such as DNA. The researchers proved this by attaching pieces of single-stranded DNA to the surfaces of the nanodisks in a 11011 code. Each of these strands was complementary to half of a “target” DNA strand—the strand being tagged. The other half of the target strand was complementary to a “reporter” strand, rendered spectroscopically active with dye. The overall structure formed a three-strand “sandwich,” with the target strand in the middle.The group also created a similar sandwich structure using a different reporter strand and a 10101 code, and then mixed the two samples. They were able to successfully detect and distinguish between the unique spectrums emitted by both reporter molecules.Citation: Nano Lett., 7 (12), 3849-3853, 2007Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Funds in KMC fixed deposit to be spent on providing amenities

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim reiterated on Monday that funds in the fixed deposit of the civic body will be utilised only for development work and civic amenities and any wastage of such funds will not be tolerated.Replying to a query from Congress councillor Prakash Upadhyay regarding the existing amount in the fixed deposit of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) at the monthly meeting, Hakim said: “We have an amount of Rs 17.10 crore till February 2018. The funds in the fixed deposit, whether it is more or less, does not matter. What matters most is offering services and civic amenities to the people. Since the Trinamool Congress took over the board of the KMC in 2010, it has provided civic amenities in the form of potable drinking water, lights, development of slums, an overhaul of the drainage system, scientific plan for solid waste management etc.” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to Hakim, when Subrata Mukherjee of the TMC ended his term as the Mayor in 2005, the amount of fixed deposit stood at Rs 377.16 crore. When Bikash Bhattacharya of the Left Front board took over as Mayor, he sold a number of plots of land and the fixed deposit went up to Rs 721.25 crore. Hakim further informed that when Bhattacharya’s term as Mayor ended in 2010, he left Rs 588. 67 crore in the fixed deposit of the KMC. “The revenue earning is a part our job but our main aim is to ensure that the citizens get the best of amenities,” he maintained. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Mayor further said that the KMC has set a target of three years to ensure the supply of potable drinking water to every single pocket in the city. “There are problems in certain pockets, particularly in the added areas in the southern part, and we are taking all possible measures to augment water supply. The capacity of the Garden Reach Waterways is being raised by 25 million gallon and we are also constructing small booster pumping stations in these areas to boost water supply,” he added.last_img read more

Craft fair to usher in new year

first_imgA fortnight of cultural performances and an event to celebrate Indian art, crafts, and textiles, Dastkari Haat Samiti returns with the much-awaited crafts bazaar of the year. Conceptualised by textile revivalist Jaya Jaitly, the 33rd edition of the Bazaar will open on January 1, 2019, at Dilli Haat, INA, Delhi.The event will also feature workshops and performances by Mushtaq Ahmed, a flute maker from Varanasi; Moorala Marwada, a Sufi folk singer from the Janana village of the Kutch District, Gujarat who will sing the Also Read – Add new books to your shelfpoetry of Kabir, Mirabai, Ravidas and others; and Bhawani Kalindi and his group from Bengal who will perform the exotic tribal martial Chhau dance throughout the tenure of the bazaar. The distinctive line-up of the 15-day event includes craft and skill exchange program with Indonesia, supported by the O/o Development Commissioner Handicrafts, Ministry of Textiles. The workshop will begin from January 2 with Indonesian artisan who excel in doyo fibre craft, pottery, tie, and dye and batik work paired with their Indian counterparts V, Sadanandam and Y Sridhar in fibre weaving, Telangana and AP, Harikishan in Pottery, New Delhi, Sabina Khatoon in Batik, West Bengal, and Abdul Wahab Khatri in tie and dye, Gujarat. The innovative art pieces thus created will be displayed in the last two days. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEstablished in 1986, Dastkari Haat Samiti helps over 60,000 artisans by organising annual crafts bazaar all over India that provide them with the exposure and bring them into direct contact with the urban customer. Supporting over 350 crafts groups across the 29 Indian states, the organisation believes in helping artisans and their families in every possible way. “Since the inception in 1986, our aim has been to break the barriers between the craftsmen and community by giving them a platform to showcase their craft. Our annual craft bazaar at Dilli Haat brings that authenticity of handloom and handmade products back with traditional weaves, sustainable home decor and so many more crafts from different states of India.”, shares Jaya Jaitly, Founder of Dastkari Haat Samiti. The craft bazaar will feature everything from a wide range of Vankar shawls of Gujarat, Banarasi textiles from Uttar Pradesh, Handloom Fabrics from Bengal, Bandhani from Gujarat, Handwoven Chanderi, Softest of Pashminas, Ajrakh block printing, Kantha embroidery, Pattachitra paintings, Inlay furniture, papier mache, carpets, durries, home decor accessories and organic products.last_img read more

Now open Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park

first_imgNow open: Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park Tags: California, Disney Travelweek Group Share Monday, June 25, 2018 center_img ANAHEIM — Pixar Pier is officially open for business at Disney California Adventure Park, kicking off the summer season with beloved Pixar stories and characters.Having opened its doors on June 23, this newly reimagined land debuts during Pixar Fest, a limited-time celebration of friendly that runs through Sept. 3, 2018 throughout the Disneyland Resort. One of the highlights of Pixar Fest is the new ‘Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular’ fireworks show at Disneyland Park.Upon arrival at Pixar Pier, guests walk through a marquee that leads to four whimsical neighbourhoods. The first is Incredibles Park, inspired by Disney-Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles’ and home to the Incredicoaster, the first ride-through attraction in the world to feature characters from ‘The Incredibles’ franchise.Incredicoaster at Disneyland’s Pixar PierAdjacent to Incredibles Park is Toy Story Boardwalk, a neighbourhood with the popular ‘Toy Story Mania!’ attraction and its 4D carnival games. Guests can also get ready to saddle up on Jessie’s Critter Carousel, coming in 2019.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaNext to Toy Story Boardwalk is the seaside Pixar Promenade, which celebrates a collection of favourite Pixar stories. The iconic Mickey’s Fun Wheel has been transformed to the Pixar Pal-A-Round, which takes guests up high on 24 freshly decorated gondolas. Pixar Promenade also features the new Games of Pixar Pier where guests can test their skills and win a prize at pay-for-play game booths, and opening later this summer is Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff, which will offer saltwater taffy and rainbow cotton candy.Pixar PromenadeJust past Pixar Promenade is Inside Out Headquarters, which was inspired by Joy, Sadness and the emotions of Disney-Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’. This neighbourhood will feature another new family-friendly attraction in 2019.Guests have a wide range of food and beverage options while visiting Pixar Pier, from the new Lamplight Lounge, which serves a menu of California gastro-pub cuisine, to Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats, already a fan favourite for its soft-serve cones and parfaits. Other options include Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums in Incredibles Park, Poultry Palace and Señor Buzz Churros at Toy Story Boardwalk, and Angry Dogs at Pixar Promenade.Angry Dogs at Disneyland’s Pixar PierThe remaining areas of the original Paradise Pier – including Paradise Gardens, Silly Symphony Swings, Jumping Jellyfish, Goofy’s Sky School, Golden Zephyr and The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – have become a new land called Paradise Gardens Park. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Turning Nonprofit ForProfit News Site Eyed by San Diego Philanthropist

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares September 23, 2014; KUSI-TVMalin Burnham, a prominent San Diego philanthropist who believes deeply in engaged communities, has launched a bid to buy U-T San Diego (formerly known as the San Diego Union-Tribune) and turn it into a large nonprofit news site. Burnham is currently applying for nonprofit status and apparently expects that to be granted in between 30 and 90 days. Some news organizations have waited far longer than that but we imagine Mr. Burnham has the contacts to grease the wheels a bit.This would not be the first nonprofit connection for U-T San Diego, according to the San Diego Reader/ 09.23.2014. Current publisher Douglas Manchester launched a “collaborative project of editorials and independent commentaries” created “in partnership” with the Franklin Center, a Virginia nonprofit tied to Charles and David Koch, saying that the paper “boldly hoped [it] will help change the direction of California before the Golden State becomes a failed state.” At that time, the San Diego Reader asked, “What exactly is the Franklin Center and precisely what role is it playing in the U-T crusade? Depending on who’s doing the talking, Franklin is either a faithful watchdog of big government or a right-wing plot to destroy legitimate journalism.”But a report posted online by the Columbia Journalism Review revealed that in 2011, “fully 95 percent of the Franklin Center’s revenues came from a charity called Donors Trust, whose top contributors were the Koch brothers.” The Franklin Center’s Vice President of Journalism, Steven Greenhut, wrote in response to questions about the influence of their donors that “Yes, Franklin Center is funded by donors and, no, we do not publish their names to respect their privacy.”A big portion of the field of nonprofit journalism disapproves of taking money from anonymous donors specifically because of the problem of potential undercover tainting; in fact, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, one of the nation’s most active funders of new journalism, requires journalism and media grantees to disclose the identity of any donor making a contribution of $5,000 or more. If Burnham does buy U-T San Diego, at least it will be clear who is bankrolling the endeavor.According to a recent interview, Burnham does intend to try to make money at publishing, but his intent would be to reinvest those proceeds as grants to nonprofits. (He is, by the way, heavily involved with the San Diego Foundation along with many other prominent local nonprofits.) He is Republican and politically involved, but says that he would hope to develop an editorial stance that was nonpartisan.Manchester has been quoted as saying that the deal is not done and chickens should not be counted. We will be interested to see whether the IRS will come through on the expected timeline and if Burnham will turn this into a venture that makes a surplus that can be invested in grants.—Ruth McCambridge ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

EE has become the first TV platform in the UK to p

first_imgEE has become the first TV platform in the UK to partner with Twitter to let users see which TV programmes are trending on the social network.The launch of ‘Watch with Twitter’ lets EE customers discover and watch the most talked about programmes in real time using data provided by Twitter UK.Up to five of the highest trending live shows will be highlighted in the EE TV electronic programme guide and EE TV interface, as well as popular programmes that are due to start in the next hour.In the programme view, EE TV will also include the official hashtag of major shows so that viewers can join in the conversation on Twitter, with more ‘Watch with Twitter’ functionality due to be added next year.“Great telly and Twitter have always gone hand-in-hand – people love talking about their favourite shows and our new partnership with EE makes it easier than ever to discover which programmes are creating the biggest conversations,” said Dara Nasr, UK managing director, Twitter.At the same time, EE announced a number of other TV enhancements, including an update to its Replay functionality – increasing the number of standard definition channels customers can select on Replay from six to eight.EE is also taking 41 channels from two of its most popular apps, TVPlayer and Box Plus and is making them easier to find by integrating them into the EE TV electronic programme guide.“We continue to evolve the EE TV experience for new and existing customers – ensuring it’s even easier for them to discover shows they’ll love,” said Noel Hamill, managing director of marketing, EE.“We’re also excited to be the first TV platform in the UK to partner with Twitter on integrating its ‘Watch with Twitter’ features, meaning customers are in the loop on all the most talked about programmes.”Watch with Twitter has already been deployed by other European TV operators, including Orange in France and Ziggo in the Netherlands.last_img read more

Portuguese pay TV group NOS had close to a million

first_imgPortuguese pay TV group NOS had close to a million advanced TV subscribers at the end of 2016, out of a total pay TV base of 1.6 million.NOS had 983,000 Iris and UMA TV customers at the end of the year, up 13.6% year-on-year. Overall pay TV growth was 3.7%, with an acceleration of net additions in the fourth quarter to 14,500, driven by network expansion. The company’s HFC network added 23,100 homes to its footprint in the fourth quarter, taking it to 3.764 million homes passed.NOS has positioned UMA TV, the RDK-based advanced TV service it launched last year, as a premium convergent service, with the older Iris offering now considered a mainstream service. The company said it was “gradually and opportunistically” upgrading higher ARPU customer to UMA TV, which can be accessed over different types of devices.UMA TV convergent bundles include unlimited traffic over the NoOS Mobile or fixed networks to access the UMA interface.The company said that UMA TV had been further boosted by the launch of a cloud-sharing feature, NOS Share, which allows UMA TV customers to store content in the cloud and share it over any screen. The service enables UMA TV customers to share films and live content directly on their own TV or that of friends and families.Converged customers numbered 680,000, up 15.1%, and convergent revenue-generating units amounted to 3.387 million, up 18.7%, out of a total RGU base of just over nine million.NOS added 27,800 fixed broadband RGUs in the fourth quarter, along with 32,600 voice RGUs. The company added 60,000 mobiel customers in the quarter, taking its mobile RGU base to 4.4546 million.NOS posted revenues of €1.515 billion for the full year, up 4.9%, and EBITDA of €556.7 million, up 4.4%.last_img read more

A Young Woman on Her Way to Lunch… What Happens N

first_img A Young Woman on Her Way to Lunch… (What Happens Next Is UNBELIEVABLE) She was on her way to lunch… Walking down the street in plain daylight. And then… THIS happened. If you do one thing today, please take a look at this outrageous video. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida March 28, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. • The entire financial system is hooked on cheap debt… Dispatch readers know Americans have borrowed trillions of dollars since the financial crisis. They’ve borrowed to buy restaurants, hotels, and apartment complexes. They’ve borrowed to buy cars. Last year, the value of auto loans topped $1 trillion for the first time ever. Many have even borrowed to buy stocks. Margin debt (money borrowed to buy stocks) hit an all-time high last year. • For now, the easy money is still flowing… The Fed’s key interest rate is at 0.38%. That’s well below its historic average of 5.00%. It’s still ridiculously cheap to borrow money. But the Fed can’t force lenders to make loans. The commercial property market could experience a “credit crunch” even if the Fed keeps rates near record lows. • The easy money high is wearing off… Dispatch readers know the stock market and auto industry have both recently flashed warning signs. A crisis rarely stays confined to one industry. If the commercial property market runs into serious trouble, stocks and bonds could sell off hard. We suggest you take steps to safeguard your wealth today. The simplest way to start is to set aside some cash. This will help you avoid major losses during the next big selloff. It will also put you in a good position to buy stocks and bonds down the road, when they’re much cheaper. We also encourage you to own physical gold. As you likely know, gold is real money. It’s preserved wealth for centuries, and it will preserve wealth during the next crisis. Investors often buy gold when they’re worried about the economy or stock market. This year, the S&P 500 is down 0.4%, while gold is up 17%. • Casey Research founder Doug Casey thinks we’re entering a “gold mania”… Doug explained why in a recent issue of the Dispatch. You can read the whole thing here. It’s one of the most important pieces Doug has published in years. In short, Doug thinks we’re headed for a major financial disaster, one that could dwarf the 2008–2009 financial crisis. When the crisis arrives, the Fed and other major central banks won’t sit back. They’ll spring into action. They’ll “do something.” We can’t say exactly how they’ll respond. But they’ll almost certainly make things worse. As Doug says, “you can almost always count on the government to do the wrong thing.” The safest thing you can do is bet against them. Owning gold is the easiest way to do that. Gold’s value rises when governments do destructive things. It’s your best defense against desperate governments Doug says the price of gold could easily triple from current levels. Most people would be thrilled to earn that sort of return. But a small group of investors will earn much more than that in the coming gold bull market. We’re talking gains of 10x, 50x, or 100x. Those numbers sound unbelievable, but it’s happened before. Click here to learn more about this incredible opportunity. Chart of the Day Commercial property prices are falling for the first time since 2010. Today’s chart shows the Moody’s/Real Capital Analytics (RCA) All National Property Index. This index tracks prices for various commercial property types. You can see that prices have surged since January 2010. Then, in December, the index fell 0.02%. This was its first decline in over six years. It fell another 0.34% in January. It’s too early to know if this is the top. But the commercial property market is clearly under stress. Sam Zell, who understands commercial property as well as anyone on the planet, thinks this is a “seller’s market.” In December, he told Bloomberg Business that “it is very hard not to be a seller” with the “pricing currently available in the commercial real estate market.” At this point, we recommend avoiding REITs. They could nosedive if commercial property prices keep falling. As we mentioned, a leading REIT index has climbed twice as much as the S&P 500 since March 2009. Today we begin with an important announcement… If you’ve followed Casey Research founder Doug Casey for long, you likely know about his incredible investing track record. Doug once turned $1,875 into $1.2 million—a 64,000% gain—on a single investment. He earned that gain on a Canadian property where the world’s richest nickel and copper mine was discovered. Then there was the time Doug invested $20,000 in an Alaskan mining business. In the following years, that investment handed Doug over 200 ounces of gold, worth over $250,000. It was good for a 1,000%+ return. These are just two examples from the dozens of huge winners Doug has produced. A world-renowned speculator, Doug has accumulated more wealth than the average person could spend in twenty lifetimes. That’s why Casey Research has just opened the doors to a special service that taps into Doug’s secrets. In short, it’s a way to get all of Doug’s future moneymaking research—plus Casey Research’s most popular and profitable research—at a 95% discount. This special deal likely won’t stay open long. And once it closes, we won’t offer it again for at least another year. We call it Casey Platinum. Click here to learn more. • Moving along, the U.S. commercial property market is stalling… Commercial property includes warehouses, shopping centers, and office buildings. For the past six years, the market has boomed. Commercial property prices have nearly doubled since 2010, according to Real Capital Analytics. They’re now 17% above their 2007 highs. This boom has made many developers, brokers, and mortgage lenders very rich. Investors in real estate investments trusts (REITs), publicly traded companies that often own commercial property, have also made huge returns. The Vanguard REIT Index, which tracks 153 major REITs, has surged 411% since March 2009. That’s more than double the S&P 500’s 201% gain over the same period. Of course, all bull markets come to an end. And it looks like the commercial property market may have just peaked. • U.S. commercial property sales plummeted last month… February sales were down 47% from last year, as The Wall Street Journal recently reported. Just $25.1 billion worth of office buildings, stores, apartment complexes and other commercial property changed hands last month, compared with $47.3 billion in the same month a year earlier, according to deal tracker Real Capital Analytics Inc. In January, sales were $46.2 billion. Commercial property prices have also fallen for two straight months. That hasn’t happened in over six years. • In December, we warned that the commercial property market was softening… We pointed out a huge drop in transaction volumes. We also told readers Sam Zell was cashing out. Zell has made billions investing in real estate. He was one of the few real estate moguls to spot the last property bubble and get out before it popped. In February 2007, Zell sold $23 billion worth of office properties. Nine months later, the market peaked. U.S. commercial property prices went on to fall 42%. Now Zell is selling again. In October, Zell’s company sold 23,000 apartment units, about a quarter of its portfolio. Management plans to sell 4,700 more units this year. At this point, it looks like Zell “top ticked” the market again. Commercial property prices hit a record high in November before falling in December and January. • Cheap credit has juiced the commercial property market… The value of commercial property loans hit an all-time high of $1.76 trillion last year. Debt is a key part of the commercial property market. Most investors take out a mortgage when they buy an office building or shopping center. When debt is cheap, they borrow more money. And it’s never been cheaper to borrow money. Dispatch readers know the Federal Reserve has held its key interest rate near zero since 2008. The Fed has suppressed rates to encourage borrowing and spending. This makes it cheaper to take out a mortgage or car loan, or to borrow with a credit card. • Now lenders are suddenly issuing fewer real estate loans… The Wall Street Journal explains: [L]oans are becoming harder to secure even for safe investments such as well-leased buildings. That is because broader market volatility has caused lenders who sell off their loans via bonds known as commercial mortgage-backed securities to grow wary. While the segment made about $100 billion in loans last year, it has come to a virtual halt today, lending executives said. If that continues, it will become more difficult for landlords who took out 10-year loans in 2006 to refinance today. In addition to making fewer loans, lenders are lending out less cash on each loan they make. For the past several years, lenders would loan up to 75% of a property’s value. Now most lenders will only loan up to 65% or 70%, according to The Wall Street Journal. • The commercial property market could collapse without access to cheap money… Property prices could quickly plummet. Regular readers know that industries built on cheap money are incredibly fragile. If prices continue to fall, the commercial property market could crash hard and fast. This isn’t an isolated problem… How to “switch off” 99% of our advertising… The most common complaint we get from our readers is that we advertise too much. However, there is a way for you to “switch off” 99% of our advertising… With Casey Platinum, you get everything we publish, for life… That also means no more Casey Research ads. See here.center_img — Recommended Links –last_img read more